The 2020 Devil's Kitchen Reading Awards in Poetry, Fiction, and Nonfiction Prose

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The Department of English at Southern Illinois University Carbondale and Grassroots, SIUC's undergraduate creative magazine, are pleased to announce the 2020 Devil's Kitchen Reading Awards. One book of poetry (book-length or single-author collection of poetry), one book of fiction (novel, novella, or single-author short fiction collection) and one book of prose nonfiction (literary nonfiction, memoir, or single-author essay collection) will be selected from submissions of titles published in 2019, and the winning authors will receive an honorarium of $1000.00 and will present a public reading and participate in panels at the Devil's Kitchen Fall Literary Festival at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois. The dates for the 2019 festival will be October 21-23, 2020. Travel and accommodations will be provided for the three winners.

Entries may be submitted by either author or publisher, and must include a copy of the book, a cover letter, a brief biography of the author including previous publications, and a $30.00 entry fee made out to SIUC - Dept. of English. Entrants wishing to submit entry fees electronically should email a request to, and they will be sent a link to pay by PayPal or credit card. Entries must be postmarked December 1, 2019 - February 8, 2020. Materials postmarked after February 1 will be returned unopened. Because we cannot guarantee their return, all entries will become the property of the SIUC Department of English. Entrants wishing acknowledgment of receipt of materials must include a self-addressed stamped postcard.

Judges will come from the faculty of SIUC's MFA Program in Creative Writing and the award winners will be selected by the staff of GRASSROOTS. The winners will be notified in May 2020. All entrants will be notified of the results in June 2020.

The awards are open to single-author titles published in 2019 by independent, university, or commercial publishers. The winners must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and must agree to attend and participate in the 2019 Devil's Kitchen Fall Literary Festival (October 21-23, 2020) to receive the award. Self-published books are eligible. Current students and employees at Southern Illinois University Carbondale and authors published by Southern Illinois University Press are not eligible.

Entries must be postmarked December 1, 2019 - February 8, 2020 (please do not send materials early or late).

Send all materials to:

(please indicate Poetry or Prose on envelope)

For further information, e-mail or call 618-453-6833.